The cold passed through the body. Clouds with magenta colors glowed in the sky

The cold passed through the body. Clouds with magenta colors glowed in the sky

Mixed media on paper, framed
29 × 28 cm

Kristi Kongi is an artist represented by the Kogo Gallery, who recently got nominated for the artist’s salary in Estonia, which will allow her to devote to her work over the next three years.

Each work in her watercolour series “Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” is like an entry in a diary about the artist’s observations and thoughts over light, colours, and emotions. The titles are like poems. Some of them are quotations from books important to the artist. She started with the series in the spring of 2020 due to the isolation of the pandemics. These works are also part of her artistic process. They are the visual ideas that Kristi later transfers into the form of oil paintings, installations, and exhibitions. The first presentation of the series “Is There Still Light And Colour?” took place at the Kogo gallery as part of the group exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?“ in 2020.

About the artist

Kristi Kongi (born 1985) is a painter and installation artist whose work focuses on colour, light, and space. Her bright coloured paintings often take the form of impressive installations made for specific settings creating effect that Estonian art critic Elnara Taidre described as “painting within a painting” or meta-painting. Besides painting on canvas, walls, floors and ceilings, she also uses various coloured materials such as fabric, plywood and acrylic plastic to create her installations. Her works are based on specific or imagined places, and her observations, emotions and memories. Kristi Kongi is using thorough research and experiments in painting where she trials various colours, light and shade. Artist refers to these experiments as “Exercises with the moon”. Her work is both poetic – this is also expressed in the titles – as well as systematic and analytical.

Kristi Kongi studied painting at Tartu Art College (2004–2008) and completed her master’s degree in painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2008–2011). She has been awarded the Young Artist Prize (2011), Sadolin Art Award (2013), Konrad Mägi Prize (2017), Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2021) and in 2016 was nominated for the Köler Prize. Kristi Kongi is an associate professor in the painting department at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Occasionally she also works as a curator and exhibition designer.

See also Kristi Kongi on artists database of CCA (Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art)

More works by this artist

Oil on canvas, 70 x 67 cm cm, 2018
Oil on canvas, 120 x 110 cm, 2012
5800 €
Oil on canvas, 182 × 190 cm, 2012
Oil on canvas, 150 x 155 cm, 2014
8200 €
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
2100 €
Oil on canvas, 30 x 29 cm, 2016
1770 €
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
2100 €
Oil on canvas, 50 x 55 cm, 2016
3150 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 80 cm, 2016
5250 €
Oil on canvas, 130 x 140 cm, 2017
8000 €
Oil on canvas, 44 x 37 cm, 2018
2430 €
Oil on canvas, 31 x 34 cm, 2019
1950 €
Oil on canvas, 47 x 44 cm, 2019
2730 €
Oil on canvas, 66 x 55 cm, 2019
3630 €
Oil on canvas, 70 x 67 cm, 2020
3400 €
Oil on canvas, 45 x 40 cm, 2021
2500 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 100 cm, 2021
5800 €
Oil on canvas, 65 × 60 cm, 2019
3750 €

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